A doggerel series about the countries of the world.
It’s a name we associate—Alex the Great,
Who once conquered a lot before facing his fate.
Yes, our Great Alex died—he was but 32.
And he failed to complete what he wanted to do.
And right now in the Balkans this country now sits—
It is landlocked and so gives the sea-bathers fits.
Though it has some great lakes and great rivers as well—
And some history that’s long—oh, so long I can’t tell.
It seceded (oh, peacefully)—year: ’99.
And since then, so it seems, everything has been fine.
And the mountains are home to some wolf, bear, and lynx—
But I doubt that you’ll find a gorilla or sphinx!
All in all it’s a place that has much to admire—
And no more must you call anyone “lord” or “sire.”
So it’s time, I would think, to get offa my butt,
To remove my poor self from habitual rut …